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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 01: A general view of people queuing and buying alcohol at Delft Mall on Day 66 of the National Lockdown on June 01, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. It is reported that liquor sales will be permitted under Level 3 regulations from 1 June. However, liquor would be allowed to be sold for home consumption only under strict conditions, on specified days and for limited hours.

South Africans Panic Over Alleged Reinstatement of Alcohol Ban

The South African government has declared that there are no plans to reintroduce a ban on alcohol.

The need to calm the masses came as rumours began to circulate on social media stating that the government was planning on locking up liquor stores once again. This panic influenced shoppers to once again flock the retail stores and stock up, however, there was no official word of the second wave of a country-wide ban. Presidency spokesperson, Khusela Diko, spoke to TimesLive saying, "No such calls have been tabled before the National Coronavirus Command Council at this point."


The sale and purchase of alcohol was originally banned in South Africa in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fears resurfaced as governing bodies expressed worry about how citizens would behave once alcohol was reintroduced into their lives and how often alcohol related hospitalization would occur.

The Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities voiced their concerns regarding the ban on alcohol being lifted with Businesstech.

In an Committee chairperson Nonhlanhla Ncube-Ndaba said of the matter, "According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), alcohol is known to be harmful to health in general and is understood to increase the risk of injury and violence, including intimate partner violence and can cause alcohol poisoning."

While the original ban had advantageous results on the public healthcare system, as of right now the drinks can keep flowing.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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